Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 8/19/2008

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Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 8/19/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Nixon's Nixon - 8/19/2008

Just in time for the presidential elections, Writers' brings back its critically acclaimed, award-winning production of Nixon's Nixon. This box office record-breaking production returns to our most intimate theatre for a limited engagement. Artistic Director Michael Halberstam will once again direct William Brown and Larry Yando as they reprise their tour-de-force performances as Kissinger and Nixon in this thrilling, hilarious and brilliantly imagined story of what might have happened in the Lincoln sitting room the night before Nixon resigned.

Runs August 19- September 28, 2008.

Writers' Theatre performs in two performance spaces in Glencoe–its 50-seat venue at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, and its 108-seat theatre at 325 Tudor Court in the Woman's Library Club. Subscriptions and Memberships are available at the Box Office, 376 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-242-6000 and www.writerstheatre.org.

Memphis - 8/19/2008

At La Jolla Playhouse

Daniel Radcliffe to Be Times Talks Guest - 8/19/2008

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Daniel Radcliffe will participate in the New York Times' Times Talks.

Daniel Radcliffe: Screen to Broadway Stage
From the boy wizard in the "Harry Potter" films and Rudyard Kipling's ill-fated son in the TV drama "My Boy Jack," to the disturbed teenager in the London and Broadway revivals of Peter Schaffer's play "Equus," Daniel Radcliffe is an actor of diverse talents. Hear him discuss his Broadway debut in the drama, which starts previews on September 5, and also how he's been able to move from screen to stage so seamlessly. Interviewed by Julie Bosman, New York Times culture reporter.

The event is sold out.

In EQUUS, psychiatrist Martin Dysart investigates the blinding of six horses, a savage act committed by a mild-mannered stable boy, Alan Strang, whose home life is filled with bigotry and religious fervor. As Dysart reveals the mysteries behind the boy's demons, he realizes he is confronting his own.

Directed by Thea Sharrock, EQUUS is produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organization and Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, John Gore, Hirschfeld Productions, Bill Kenwright, Emily Fisher Landau, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Chase Mishkin and Spring Sirkin.

'Fantasticks' Cast and Creative Team To Ring NYSE Closing Bell 8/19 - 8/19/2008

Writer Tom Jones joined by cast members  Nick Spangler and Margaret Anne Florence, of the Broadway musical The Fantasticks, will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring The Closing Bell on Tues., August 19.

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world.  The original production ran for 17,162 performances at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. The Fantasticks is the only Off-Broadway musical to win a Tony Award (for Excellence in the Theater). It is also the most frequently produced musical with over 11,000 performances in the United States in over 3,000 cities and towns.  It has played all fifty states, plus Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. (Source: The Fantasticks)

The Fantasticks is a captivating and simple love story about a boy, a girl, two  fathers  and  a  wall.  The audience uses its imagination to follow El Gallo  as  he  creates  a  world  of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one other. The score, which includes "Try To Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is as timeless as the story itself.

Grey Gardens - 8/20/2008

Grey Gardens (First Post-Broadway Production), Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie. Based on the film Grey Gardens by David Maysles, AlBert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, and Susan Froemke. August 20-September 14, 2008 (press opening: August 23). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

TheatreWorks continues its 39th season with the first post-Broadway production of the scandalously delicious Grey Gardens. Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, this beguiling musical, winner of three Tony Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award, brings to life a delightfully eccentric tale of fallen American royalty. Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, became East Hampton's most notorious recluses. Chronicling their journey from giddy fortune in the 1940s to seclusion in the 1970s, this is an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking saga.

TheatreWorks preview performances are at 8PM. Regular performances: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30PM, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM and 7PM.

TheatreWorks at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto; TheatreWorks at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View

For information, tickets ($21-$64), or subscriptions ($115-$410), the public can call 650-463-1960, 1-888-273-3752, or visit www.theatreworks.org.

'Wannabe Wicked' To Showcase 15 Finalists 8/20 - 8/20/2008

 On Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm, "Wannabe Wicked," the competitive performance series, will showcase the 15 finalists who have made it to the last round of the competition. A Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a walk-on appearance in the Los Angeles production of WICKED.

In addition, Valentine, host of "Valentine In The Morning" on 104.3 MYfm, will be on hand for this thrillifying event. "Wannabe Wicked" is presented by Universal CityWalk and WICKED as part of its free "Summer Block Party" entertainment series. The public is invited and admission is free.

Each of the finalists will sing one song from a list of five suggested songs:  "Popular," "Defying Gravity," "Dancing Through Life," "For Good" or "The Wizard and I." The finalists will be judged by theater industry professionals on the basis of vocal quality, performance delivery, vocal accuracy and overall performance.

In conjunction with the "Wannabe Wicked" Finals, beginning August 13, fans of WICKED can log on to www.CityWalkHollywood.com/WickedVote and select the FAN FAVORITE, who will win a great prize package including tickets to WICKED and Universal Studios Hollywood. Fans can vote once a day through August 19 at 12:00am PST. The winner will be announced at the Finals on August 20.

This event is part of CityWalk's "Summer Block Party" featuring free entertainment seven nights a week including live bands, the popular free movie night and talent competitions now through August 31.

WICKED, the smash hit musical that the New York Times called, "one of the most successful shows in Broadway history" continues its long engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through January 11, 2009.  Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED's music and lyrics is composed by Stephen Schwartz and includes a  book written by Winnie Holzman.  The production is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento.  WICKED is a production of Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Winner of 20 major awards including the Grammy® Award and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

WICKED tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked, by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., or at any Ticketmaster outlet.  Groups of fifteen (15) or more can call 866-755-3075 or online at www.nedgroups.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue.  The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as "Revenge of the Mummy™ - The Ride," "Shrek 4-D™," "Jurassic Park® - The Ride," the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," and the new mega-attraction, "The Simpsons Ride."

Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal.  NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.  Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.  NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.

Marni Raab Takes Over As Christine in 'Phantom' 8/20 - 8/20/2008

 A new leading lady has been announced for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest-running show in Broadway history.  Produced by Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. and directed by Harold Prince, the musical is in its phenomenal 21st year in New York, playing at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).

Marni Raab, who previously starred as 'Christine' across the country and around the world on both the Asian World Tour and the U.S. National Tour, will take over the role on Broadway starting Wednesday evening, August 20.  She succeeds current star Jennifer Hope Wills during Ms. Wills' maternity leave.  Wills' final performance will be Saturday evening, August 16 and she is expected to return in June 2009.  [In between Ms. Wills and Ms. Raab – from Monday evening, August 18 through Wednesday matinee, August 20 – the role of 'Christine' will be played by current 'Christine' Alternate Elizabeth Loyacano.]

Ms. Raab has a long history with PHANTOM.  She made her PHANTOM debut with the U.S. Tour in September 2001 as the 'Mirror Bride' and a 'Christine' cover, eventually moving up to the 'Christine' Alternate through December 2003.  She originated the role of 'Christine' for the Asian World Tour, which premiered in December 2004 in Shanghai, and continued with the engagements in Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong through August 2006.   

Following her time with the Asian Tour, she rejoined the U.S. Tour, this time as 'Christine,' playing the role across the country from September 2006 to September 2007.  Ms. Raab made her Broadway debut in PHANTOM earlier this year with a temporary stint as a 'Christine' cover, prior to rejoining the tour as 'Christine' in June 2008.  She's now making her official Broadway 'Christine' debut.

Ms. Raab's additional credits include Cats in Hamburg; Roberta and Have a Heart in New York (both for Musicals Tonight); regional appearances in My Fair Lady (Eliza), Carousel (Julie) and The Fantasticks (Luisa); and concert and recital work nationally and internationally.

Ms. Raab becomes only the thirteenth actress to be cast as 'Christine' in the Broadway production (not including alternates and understudies).  She follows, in order: Sarah Brightman, Patti Cohenour, Rebecca Luker, Karen Culliver, Mary D'Arcy, Tracy Shayne,Sandra Joseph, Adrienne McEwan, Sarah Pfisterer, Lisa Vroman,Rebecca Pitcher and Jennifer Hope Wills.  

On Broadway, since its debut on January 26, 1988, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has grossed over $695 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history.  The production recently played its milestone 8,500th performance and total New York attendance is over 12.5 million.  PHANTOM became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 (surpassing the 7,485-performance run of Cats) and has now played more than 1,000 performances and over two and a half years since breaking that record.

Its internationally success – equally staggering – is represented by a total worldwide box office gross of more than $5 billion, making PHANTOM the most successful entertainment venture of all time, surpassing not only any other stage production, but also far surpassing the world's highest-grossing film Titanic (at $1.2 billion) and such other blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars.  Worldwide attendance is over 80 million people, having played over 65,000 performances in 25 countries and 124 cities.  It's won over 50 Theater awards including 7 Tonys, and there are currently 8 productions around the world.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince.  Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge, sound design by Mick Potter and original sound design by Martin Levan.  Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne.  Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently stars Howard McGillin in the title role and Tim Martin Gleason as 'Raoul.'  The musical also co-stars George Lee Andrews ('Monsieur André'), David Cryer ('Monsieur Firmin'), Patricia Phillips ('Carlotta'), Rebecca Judd ('Madame Giry'), Evan Harrington ('Piangi') and Polly Baird ('Meg Giry').  At certain performances, Elizabeth Loyacano plays 'Christine.'  Mr. Andrews has been with the production for its entire run.  Mr. McGillin, with over 2,000 performances, has played the title role on Broadway more than any other performer.

The regular performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday and Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m.  For tickets, go online at telecharge.com, call (212) 239-6200 or visit The Majestic Theatre box office (247 West 44th Street).

www.thephantomoftheopera.com 

Photo Credit Joan Marcus

Don't Miss Out - Voting Ends for 2008 Fans' Choice Awards 8/20! - 8/20/2008

The Tony Awards are over - but that doesn't mean the final word has been spoken as to who YOU think deserves to be recognized this year. The most comprehensive theater site on the net brings you this years 2008 Fans' Choice Awards - the largest open voting contest of its kind! In 2007, over 300,000 had their say - now it's YOUR turn!

Voting ends August 20, 2008 at 11:59 PM EST, cast your vote now and don't be left out!

The 6th Annual BroadwayWorld.com Theater Fans' Choice Awards is the biggest and most popular online, open (viewable in real-time as the votes are tallying), Broadway polling event of its kind. We want to give Broadway audiences, theater professionals, fans and enthusiasts the opportunity to weigh-in on what they (you!) think is the best of the 2007-2008 theater season. Best of all, you can vote for ANY of your favorite performers and shows - the 2008 Theater Fans' Choice Awards are all-encompassing and don't leave anyone out via a nomination process.

So what are you waiting for? Click now for more information and to vote!

Categories include: Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Direction of a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Play, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Play, Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Lighting Design, Best Musical, Best Off-Broadway Musical, Best Off-Broadway Play, Best Orchestrations, Best Original Score, Best Play, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Revival of a Play, Best Scenic Design and Best Screen to Stage Adaption.


Summer and Smoke - 8/21/2008

The Big Sky Theatre Company is proud to present Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Summer and Smoke will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $18.00 and are available at Ticket Central, 212-279-4200. The show will run from August 20th-21st 2008 and you can also purchase tickets online at: www.ticketcentral.com.

A sensuous story of longing and rebellion, Tennessee Williams' Summer & Smoke was hailed by The New York Times as "a gently torrid parable of body and soul ... charged with passion and anguish". A lonely minister's daughter, Alma Winemiller (Mary Sheridan), lives in her stifling parent's home in a small-minded Mississippi town. Her only solace: a secret lifelong love for the former boy-next-door, Dr. John Buchanan (Michael Frederic), now a fully-grown, wandering-eye bachelor. Tortured by her unrequited passion, Alma's spiritual devotion becomes pitted against John's sensuous need for physical desire, and their turbulent relationship becomes an emotional battle of wills that will irrevocably alter each of them forever.

In their inaugural production, Big Sky Theater Company presents this under-appreciated classic, written by what many consider to be greatest playwright ever to grace the American stage. "We are following and honoring the inspiration and poetic insight of Tennessee Williams," says cutting-edge director Tlaloc Rivas, already a buzz-name in the regional theater. "It is our endeavor to rediscover this intimate and powerful love story that underscores the contradictions of the human heart." This startlingly modern love story will transport audiences to the poetic and sensual world of Williams' Gothic South.

Last Tango in Paris - 8/21/2008

Dangerous Ground Productions proudly presents LAST TANGO IN PARIS, a world premiere all-new multi-media adaptation of the iconic 1973 Bernardo Bertolucci film, adapted, conceived and directed by Doris Mirescu. The show begins performances on Friday, August 22nd at 8PM at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street), and will play through Saturday, September 6th. The show will play performances Tuesday-Saturday at 8PM. Tickets for all shows are $15 General and $10 for students.

Presented as a multi-media theater piece, Director Mirescu has taken this classic story and made it one of timeless relevance and post-modern significance. Described by the director as "drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies." Mirescu goes on to say, "Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version. This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie's very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and shadow of myths."

The cast includes: Kira Davies, Patrick Flynn, Angelica Pasquini and William P. Smith. The entire cast also appeared in the recent production of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theater.

DORIS MIRESCU (Director) is a Romanian born freelance director and writer, and the founder of New York-based theater company Dangerous Ground Productions. Most recent productions include her adaptation of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theatre, and Madness of Day by Maurice Blanchot and Neil LaBute's The Distance from Here, both at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory in New York. She directed the American Premiere of Paul Solomon's Aching To Go Home at the Epic Center Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan) and Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès as part of Koltès New York 2003, a festival which she also produced (Ohio Theater, New York). Additional credits include Story of Rats, her adaptation of works by French writer Georges Bataille (Chashama, New York) and the European Premiere of Les Nuits Sans Lune by French playwright Véronique Olmi (Parc de La Villette, Paris). New York credits include: Silence of Snow (Soho Rep), Seneca's Trojan Women, Cocteau's The Handsome Hunk and Juliet Montage, a one-woman show based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (all at the Shapiro Theatre). Ms. Mirescu was three times the recipient of Etant Donnés, the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. She holds a Summa Cum Laude Master of Arts in French Literature from Paris-IV Sorbonne as well as an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She is at present teaching acting and directing at The School of Visual Arts. Ms. Mirescu is currently working on Force of Evil, a piece organized around the tropes and obsessions of film noir, which will be performed in the fall of 2008.

Chris NewMAN (Producer and Technical Supervisor) recently collaborated with Doris Mirescu on Beware of A Holy Whore and is credited in over eighty films as a production sound mixer. Some of those films include Tender Mercies, The World According to Garp, Philadelphia, Sophie's Choice, and Klute. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including his work on The Godfather, The French Connection, Chorus Line, Fame and Silence of the Lambs. Mr. Newman has won three Oscars for The Exorcist, Amadeus, and The English Patient.

Additional production credits include: Live Cameras by: Richard Gartrelll and Patrick Flynn; Live music by Michael Attias; Production Design by: Keri Moskowitz; Sound by: Cory Alllen; Video Consultant: Joe Trammell; and Assistant to the director: Barbara Karney.

LAST TANGO IN PARIS, an adaptation of Bernardo Bertolucci's film, plays TUES-SAT at 8:00PM, at Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Avenue) All Tickets are $15 / Students $10, Tickets and Information available by calling (212) 724-5004, and via email at do@dangerousgroundproductions.

Algonquin Presents National Pastime - 8/21/2008

Algonquin Theatre Company and Pierre Weidemann will present "National Pastime," the comedy which has appeared in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, for one week only here in Manhattan August 21st-24th. "National Pastime" is the story of a small 1930's radio station which cannot compete for the rights to broadcast a real baseball team's games....so they create their own team! Written by Algonquin Theater's Artistic Director Tony Sportiello and directed by Nancy Robillard, this popular comedy has appeared twice in Cooperstown at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and is in the Literature Library. The play features Jessica Arinella, Stephen Bradbury, Ethan Cadoff, Michael Lewis, Kelli Maguire, Joan Pelzer, Matthew Rashid, Len Rella and Angela Stellute.

The Algonquin Theatre Company is a not-for-profit company created to move shows on to the next level. Past productions include Levy Lee Simon's "Same Train", Al M. Tapper's "Sessions" and Shel Silverstein's "The Devil and Billy Markham". For more information visit www.algonquintheater.org.

"National Pastime" runs August 21-24, Thurs. at 9pm, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sun. at 2pm. The Algonquin Theater is located at 123 East 24th Street (between Park & Lexington Aves. -- accessible from the N, R or 6 train at 23rd Street). Tickets are $15, available at 212-730-4664 or www.smartTix.com.

PS 122's Summer Camp - 8/21/2008

Cheer up - it's summertime! And that means another visit to PS 122's CAMP SUMMER CAMP. Come for the spiked punch, stay for the go-go fitness, arts & leather crafts, our we-pay-you barber shop, licorice g-string macramé, the messy hall, and so much more.

Now's your chance to get behind the scenes at the East Village's legendary performance hub – and make one. Explore the nooks and crannies of the wilderness that is PS 122... Just be careful not to wander off alone-there's a killer on the loose!

CAMP SUMMER CAMP is an evening-length, fully immersive, interactive performance party.

Featuring Jessica Delfino (every night!), the Pixie Harlots, World Famous *BoB*, and more surprise special (and tainted) guest performers! With nightly DJ's including: Joro Boro (opening night), Neal Medlyn, and more!

Don't forget to pack insect attractant and SPF 0. Suggested attire includes very loose clothing – accessorize with a tool belt anyway you like it – and end your summer with a bang!

This camp is rated NC-21.

Conceived and Produced by real-life, year-round PS 122 camp counselors and cruise directors : Eileen Goddard, Alex Reeves, and Nick Bixby; in association with Performance Space 122.

Directed by: Nick Bixby; Lighting by: Eileen Goddard; Set Design by: Alex Reeves; Music by: Ryder Pales and Casey Pfeifer.

Featuring the 2008 Camp Summer Camp Faculty: Amy Overman, King Aswad, Ojay Morgan, Lauren Cavanaugh, Tim Bungeroth, Terebi Grey, Annabelle Meunier, and Caitlin Mehner.

PS 122's Camp Summer Camp opens on Thursday, August 21 and plays through Saturday, August 30 on the following schedule: Thursdays – Saturdays at 9:00pm. Tickets are $20, $15 (student/senior), $10 (P.S. 122 members) and are on sale at www.ps122.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at 9th Street.

CAMP SUMMER CAMP at Performance Space 122 - 8/21/2008

CAMP SUMMER CAMP August 21-30 9pm

Cheer up - it's summertime! And that means another visit to PS 122's CAMP SUMMER CAMP. Come for the spiked punch, stay for the go-go fitness, arts & leather crafts, our we-pay-you barber shop, licorice g-string macramé, the messy hall, and so much more.

Now's your chance to get behind the scenes at the East Village's legendary performance hub – and make one. Explore the nooks and crannies of the wilderness that is PS 122... Just be careful not to wander off alone-there's a killer on the loose!

CAMP SUMMER CAMP is an evening-length, fully immersive, interactive performance party.

Featuring Jessica Delfino (every night!), the Pixie Harlots, World Famous *BoB*, and more surprise special (and tainted) guest performers! With nightly DJ's including: Joro Boro (opening night), Neal Medlyn, and more!

Don't forget to pack insect attractant and SPF 0. Suggested attire includes very loose clothing – accessorize with a tool belt anyway you like it – and end your summer with a bang! This camp is rated NC-21.

Conceived and Produced by real-life, year-round PS 122 camp counselors and cruise directors : Eileen Goddard, Alex Reeves, and Nick Bixby; in association with Performance Space 122.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Use discount code "MS10" for $10 tickets* (reg $20) Tickets available at ps122.org or call 212.352.3101

Performance Space 122 150 1st Ave at E. 9th St. New York, NY 10009

*offer based on limited availability; may not be combined with other offers or applied to past sales; may be discontinued at any time.

Young@Heart Live in Concert - 8/22/2008

The elderly chorus who captured the hearts of movie-goers everywhere are performing live in NYC for ONE NIGHT ONLY. June 22nd at 8pm in the Beacon Theatre. For tickets visit www.beacontheatre.com.

Last Tango in Paris - 8/22/2008

Dangerous Ground Productions proudly presents LAST TANGO IN PARIS, a world premiere all-new multi-media adaptation of the iconic 1973 Bernardo Bertolucci film, adapted, conceived and directed by Doris Mirescu. The show begins performances on Friday, August 22nd @ 8PM at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street), and will play through Saturday, September 6th. The show will play performances Tuesday-Saturday @ 8PM. Tickets for all shows are $15 General and $10 for students.

Presented as a multi-media theater piece, Director Mirescu has taken this classic story and made it one of timeless relevance and post-modern significance. Described by the director as "drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies." Mirescu goes on to say, "Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version.

This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie's very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and shadow of myths."

The cast includes: Kira Davies, Patrick Flynn, Angelica Pasquini and Benjamin Sinclair. Many of the cast also appeared in the recent production of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theater.

DORIS MIRESCU (Director) is a Romanian born freelance director and writer, and the founder of New York-based theater company Dangerous Ground Productions. Most recent productions include her adaptation of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theatre, and Madness of Day by Maurice Blanchot and Neil LaBute's The Distance from Here, both at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory in New York. She directed the American Premiere of Paul Solomon's Aching To Go Home at the Epic Center Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan) and Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès as part of Koltès New York 2003, a festival which she also produced (Ohio Theater, New York). Additional credits include Story of Rats, her adaptation of works by French writer Georges Bataille (Chashama, New York) and the European Premiere of Les Nuits Sans Lune by French playwright Véronique Olmi (Parc de La Villette, Paris).

New York credits include: Silence of Snow (Soho Rep), Seneca's Trojan Women, Cocteau's The Handsome Hunk and Juliet Montage, a one-woman show based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (all at the Shapiro Theatre). Ms. Mirescu was three times the recipient of Etant Donnés, the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. She holds a Summa Cum Laude Master of Arts in French Literature from Paris-IV Sorbonne as well as an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She is at present teaching acting and directing at The School of Visual Arts. Ms. Mirescu is currently working on Force of Evil, a piece organized around the tropes and obsessions of film noir, which will be performed in the fall of 2008.

Chris NewMAN (Producer and Technical Supervisor) recently collaborated with Doris Mirescu on Beware of A Holy Whore and is credited in over eighty films as a production sound mixer. Some of those films include Tender Mercies, The World According to Garp, Philadelphia, Sophie's Choice, and Klute. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including his work on The Godfather, The French Connection, Chorus Line, Fame and Silence of the Lambs. Mr. Newman has won three Oscars for The Exorcist, Amadeus, and The English Patient.

Additional production credits include: Live Cameras by: Richard Gartrelll and Patrick Flynn; Live music by Michael Attias; Production Design by: Keri Moskowitz; Sound by: Cory Alllen; Video Consultant: Joe Trammell; and Assistant to the director: Barbara Karney.

LAST TANGO IN PARIS, an adaptation of Bernardo Bertolucci's film, plays

TUES-SAT at 8:00PM, at Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Avenue) All Tickets are $15 / Students $10, Tickets and Information available by calling (212) 724-5004, and via email at do@dangerousgroundproductions.

Aurora Theatre Co To Open Season With 'Best Man' - 8/22/2008

 Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms this seminal satirical political drama, called "elegant and damnably entertaining" by The New Yorker, starring Tim Kniffin, Charles Shaw Robinson, and Charles Dean, and featuring Elizabeth Benedict; Michael Cassidy; Jackson Davis; Deb Fink; Michael Patrick Gaffney; and Emily Talbot. THE BEST MAN plays August 22 through September 28 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information ($28-50) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.

Due to the historic nature of the upcoming Democratic National Convention, which closes on Aurora Theatre Company's opening night performance of THE BEST MAN on August 28, there will be a special early curtain time of 7pm; a special post-show reception and screening of the Democratic nomination acceptance speech will be shown in the theatre immediately following the performance.

Shedding light on some of the issues surrounding today's bid for the White House, THE BEST MAN is a timely morality tale that takes place during a national political convention. Two front runners vie for a political party nomination and one of them will almost certainly be the next President of the United States. Each candidate is in possession of some serious mud to sling and each has to decide just how dirty to play the game. Written with the deep insight of a true political insider (Vidal ran for Congress in 1960, the same year he penned THE BEST MAN), this witty, sophisticated play, hailed as "Gore Vidal's best play" by New York Magazine, calls into question public versus private morals and captures the seemingly incompatible virtues of being a good person while being a good politician.

Aurora Theatre Company has assembled an extraordinary ensemble for THE BEST MAN. Charles Shaw Robinson returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Secretary William Russell in THE BEST MAN; he most recently appeared in the Company's acclaimed production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal (directed by Tom Ross), as well as productions of The Persians, The Weir, and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Additional credits include productions at American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, and California Shakespeare Theatre, among others. Tim Kniffin returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Senator Joseph Cantwell in THE BEST MAN. He previously appeared in the Company's critically lauded production of Permanent Collection. Additional credits include Summer and Smoke, directed by Lee Sankowich, at Center REPertory, and Betrayal and A Streetcar Named Desire at Pacific Alliance.

Charles Dean returns to Aurora Theatre Company as President Hockstader in THE BEST MAN. Dean previously appeared at Aurora Theatre Company in Hysteria, Private Jokes, Public Places, The Price, The Entertainer, and The Philanderer. A 20-year company member and associate artist at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Dean has acted in more than 80 productions, and has performed at American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Old Globe Theatre, San Jose Repertory, Marin Theatre Company, and Magic Theatre, among others.

Emilie Talbot returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Alice Russell. She most recently appeared in the Company's production of The Trojan Women and has been featured in productions at American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Mark Taper Forum, among others. Deb Fink makes her Aurora debut as Mabel Cantwell; additional credits include productions at Thick House, where she was featured in Dead Mother, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, SF Playhouse, Center REPertory, and Playwrights Horizons.

Also featured in THE BEST MAN is Jackson Davis as Sheldon Marcus; credits include productions at TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre. Elizabeth Benedict (Aurora Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, A Traveling Jewish Theatre), Michael Cassidy (42nd Street Moon, Mountain Play), and Michael Patrick Gaffney (Thick House, 42nd Street Moon) round out the cast.

For six decades, Gore Vidal has explored a wide variety of sociopolitical, sexual, historical, and literary themes. A novelist, essayist, playwright, and provocateur, Vidal was born in 1925 with high political and social connections: his father worked for the Roosevelt administration, his maternal grandfather was Senator Thomas Prior Gore of Oklahoma, and his mother married Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr., who became the stepfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy; Vidal is a fifth cousin of Jimmy Carter, and a distant cousin of former Vice President Al Gore. As a political activist, Vidal was the Democratic candidate for Congress (running as Eugene Gore) in 1960.

Gore Vidal began his writing career at the age of 19 with the publication of the military novel Williwaw, based upon his Alaskan Harbor Detachment duty. A few years later, his novel The City and the Pillar caused a furor for its presentation of homosexuality. In the early 1950s, he produced three mystery novels under the pseudonym "Edgar Box;" he was also hired as a contract screenwriter for Metro Goldwyn Mayer. In the 1960s, Vidal wrote three highly successful novels, Julian (1964), which dealt with the apostate Roman emperor, Washington, D.C. (1967), which focused on a political family during the Franklin D. Roosevelt era, and the satirical comedy Myra Breckinridge (1968). After the novel Two Sisters (1970), Vidal focused on essays and fiction dealing with American history and the nature of national politics; he won the National Book Award for his collection of essays United States (1952–1992).

Two plays, Visit to a Small Planet (1957) and THE BEST MAN (1960) were both Broadway and film successes. Other plays include On the March to the Sea (1960–1961, 2005); Romulus (1962); Drawing Room Comedy (1970); and An Evening with Richard Nixon (1972). Additionally, Vidal penned the screen plays for The Catered Affair (1956), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Ben Hur (1959), and THE BEST MAN (1964). Vidal's recent critiques of American expansionism, the military-industrial complex, and the current administration include the pamphlets Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta, and Imperial America.

Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross inaugurated Aurora Theatre Company with Barbara Oliver in 1992. He has directed 18 productions for the Company, including last season's hit production of Mae West's SEX, The Birthday Party, Blue/Orange, Betrayal, and Lobby Hero, which went on to be presented as a co-production between Aurora Theatre Company, Jonathan Reinis, Inc., and the Napa Valley Opera House. For Aurora Theatre Company, Ross has also directed acclaimed productions of The Shape of Things, The Entertainer, The Weir, Death Defying Acts, The Homecoming, Abigail's Party, The Mystery of Irma Vep (co-directed with Danny Scheie), and The Aspern Papers, among others. He also wrote and directed A Karen Carpenter Christmas in both San Francisco and Seattle. Prior to coming to the Bay Area, he worked for eight years at New York's Public Theatre as Executive Assistant to Joseph Papp and as co-Director of Play and Musical Development. While in New York, Ross also penned the book adaptation of the New York Drama Desk nominated musical Up Against It, based upon Joe Orton's screenplay for The Beatles.

Following THE BEST MAN, Aurora Theatre Company continues its 17th season in October with THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE, George Bernard Shaw's comedy set during the American Revolution, directed by Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver, followed by the West Coast Premiere of George Packer's provocative recent Off-Broadway hit BETRAYED in January. Mark Jackson, who directed Aurora Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Salome, returns to the Company to helm August Strindberg's MISS JULIE in April. Bob Glaudini's unconventional romantic comedy JACK GOES BOATING, directed by Joy Carlin, rounds out the season in June.

Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theatre. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company has been called "one of the most important regional theaters in the area" by the San Francisco Chronicle, while The Wall Street Journal has "nothing but praise for the Aurora." The Contra Costa Times stated, "perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close," while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed "[Aurora Theatre Company] lives up to its reputation as a theater that feeds the mind," and the Oakland Tribune declared "it's all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora."

 

Much Ado About Nothing - 8/22/2008

Reisterstown Theater Project's Inauguaral performance. Outside at Hannah More School , 12039 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown. 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. August 22- Sept 5. $10 Adults, $8 students, Seniors. (443) 226-6401

The Best Man - 8/22/2008

Just in time for the fall election, Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company opens its 17th season with Gore Vidal's fascinating political nail-biter THE BEST MAN. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms this seminal satirical political drama, called "elegant and damnably entertaining" by The New Yorker, starring Tim Kniffin, Charles Shaw Robinson, and Charles Dean, and featuring Elizabeth Benedict; Michael Cassidy; Jackson Davis; Deb Fink;Michael Patrick Gaffney; and Emily Talbot. THE BEST MAN plays August 22 through September 28 at theAurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information ($28-50) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.

Due to the historic nature of the upcoming Democratic National Convention, which closes on Aurora Theatre Company's opening night performance of THE BEST MAN on August 28, there will be a special early curtain time of 7pm; a special post-show reception and screening of the Democratic nomination acceptance speech will be shown in the theatre immediately following the performance.

Shedding light on some of the issues surrounding today's bid for the White House, THE BEST MAN is a timely morality tale that takes place during a national political convention. Two front runners vie for a political party nomination and one of them will almost certainly be the next President of the United States. Each candidate is in possession of some serious mud to sling and each has to decide just how dirty to play the game. Written with the deep insight of a true political insider (Vidal ran for Congress in 1960, the same year he penned THE BEST MAN), this witty, sophisticated play, hailed as "Gore Vidal's best play" by New York Magazine, calls into question public versus private morals and captures the seemingly incompatible virtues of being a good person while being a good politician.

Aurora Theatre Company has assembled an ext


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